Raytheon submits HATS tender
Raytheon Australia has announced that it has submitted its tender for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) Air 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) competition.
According to the company, the Raytheon team solution includes platforms, simulators and training devices as well as courseware certified and maintained to exacting ADF standards.
The Raytheon team includes Bell Helicopter, Milskil, Nova Systems and Virtual Simulation Systems. A spokesperson for the company said that the proposal aims to deliver ‘a mature, deliverable and sustainable training solution which maps precisely to Australia’s training requirements'.
'Providing a strong growth path with the necessary flexibility for future training, we also offer the strongest commitment to safety and a solution which is designed for support through the best possible sustainment solution,’ the company said in a statement.
Raytheon Australia’s mission ready solution is centred around the Bell 429 light twin helicopter, which offers a 'substantial capability enhancement' for rotary wing flying training and light utility support.
The company said that in addition to being the only light twin helicopter fully certified to the latest crashworthiness standards, the large cockpit of the Bell 429 is capable of handling the full range of pilot candidates with the most spacious and useful rear cabin in its class.
Raytheon has a strong relationship with the ADF, having provided and supported helicopter programmes such as the RAN’s Retention and Motivation Initiative as well as providing maintenance and engineering support under its Squirrel in service support contract.
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